‚ÄčThe Vancouver Canucks placed veteran forward Brandon Prust on waivers Tuesday and signed defenceman Alex Biega to a two-year contract extension.

Prust, 31, had seven points and 59 penalty minutes in 35 games this season.

"This decision was based on the need to provide more opportunity for our younger players," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a post on the team's Twitter feed. "We appreciate Brandon's contributions."

Biega, meanwhile, has four assists and 12 penalty minutes in 25 games this season. The 27-year-old blue-liner made his debut with the team last season.